Titel: The Marriage at Antibes
Verlag: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Home and exile, memory and yearning, childhood and aging - he themes are timeless, but the moments captured in these exquisitely told lyrical stories of women alone and abroad lie on the edge of the century now ending.
In "The Country Road," eight-year-old Cathy moves at a heartbreaking pace through lonely days in a Northern Ireland populated by elderly neighbors and menaced indeterminately by security forces, while the eponymous heroine of "Bronagh" finds herself wrenched from an idyllic sojourn in Andalucia and thrust into a painful homeward trek when her mother falls ill. In "A Banal Stain," a graduate student lodging in a once-grand house in Lyon confronts the ghosts of France's colonial and Vichy past, and in Morocco the twenty-something English painter and her American writer boyfriend of "A Recitation of Nomads" strive to mend their dreams. "The Marriage at Antibes" is an arranged one, of a Middle Eastern political refugee, long settled in France, and his newly arrived bride. At the core of these scrupulously observed, brilliantly realized stories of foreign travel and exotic cultures stand the pull and the power of vital human relationships - between men and women, fathers and daughters, landlords and tenants, husbands and wives.From Publishers Weekly:
Northern Irish author Azadeh's first collection, five near-novella-length stories, exhibits a deliberate yet serpentine lyricism, a perfect style for her tales of world-travel and world-weariness. The stories are unlinked, yet follow a kind of ideological trajectory: characters journey from conformity to independence, from safety to identity-forging challenges. The first tale, "The Country Road," movingly conveys an eight-year-old girl's fearful sense of "inconsolable defeat" after she realizes that her overworked, exhausted mother and dying laborer father will never fulfill the dream of emigrating to America from their 1950s rural town; the closing, title story concerns an Arab woman discovering that the marriage arranged for her years ago can never make her happy. The latter narrative takes place on the C?te d'Azur, and the author describes the Mediterranean as a "saucer of blue varnish under a benign sky." Such sparkling language appears throughout, often acquiring the powerful fluidity found in "Bronagh." Here the eponymous protagonist, newly graduated from Cambridge, spends a summer in an Andalusian village, where she nearly falls in love with an idealistic farm girl named Pilar. Looking back on that time, Bronagh recalls recoiling from Pilar's touch, a fearful retraction that besmirched their friendship, and which she still regrets. The politics and history of the regional settings are impressively but not ostentatiously woven through the characters' lives. In "A Recitation of Nomads," a 30ish unmarried couple (she English, he American) travel to Morocco where their compatibility, patience and love are tested. This journey is especially gripping, as the English woman deals simultaneously with her identity as an artist and as a tourist, enduring gender-based rough treatment from Marrakech locals. Azadeh's prose is euphonious and beautifully evocative of her settings, and the organic progression of the collection spotlights the female narrators' transforming abilities to cope with autonomy and responsibility, risk and romance.
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